Day excursions

Although the Organizing Committee received offers for 5 excursions from two local tourist agencies, it decided after consultation with the Coordinating Committee and the website manager of DCSCRN to reduce the number of choices to 3, two within the island of Lesvos and one across to Turkey, in order to recruit a sufficient number of participants and assure more reasonable prices. Those who opt to take part in one of the three excursions: when registering, please rank the three alternatives, from one to three, where one stands for your first choice and three for your last choice. This will allow the local organizers to make a better programming, depending upon order of preference.

Itinerary Photos Costs
1. Mytilene –Molyvos: The excursion includes stops at (a) the monastery of St. Rafael (1463 A.D.), the monastery of Archangel Michael of Mantadamos (Miraculous icon dating back to the Saracen or Ottoman conquests), (b) the graphic town of Molyvos, one of the most ancient towns, built on a hill atop of which lies a Byzantine period castle and (c) the beautiful coastal village of Petra. There will be coffee stops en route, an opportunity for swimming at Petra’s beach and lunch at the women’s cooperative restaurant in Petra. Departure from venue on Saturday, 9:30 am and return at 7:00 pm.

The Graphic Town of MolyvosThe N. Aegean Islanders, Roots of Greeks, Pegasos, 2009, p.49

www.armonia-kipos.gr

Costs per day for exclusive rental of 50-seat bus from Samiotis Tours= 300€ + 9% VAT = 327€ + 100€ (includes VAT) for English-speaking guide = 427€

Cost per passenger according to number of passengers

  • 50 = 9€
  • 40 = 11€
  • 30 = 14€
  • 20 = 21€
  • 15 = 28€
2. Mytilene – Sigri and Eressos: The first stop of excision is at Leimonos (St. Ignatius) monastery built during the Byzantine period and re-established in 1523; the monastery is part of a complex of 40 churches and has a library and museum of religious artifacts as well as social services. After a coffee stop at Vatousa, the excursion proceeds to Sigri where is located the Natural History Museum with the petrified forest. The group then goes to Eressos village whose beautiful landscape inspired the ancient poet Sappho. There follows ocean swimming and lunch at Eressos beach. Upon return, there is a coffee stop at Skala of Kalonis. Departure from venue, Saturday, 9:30 am and return at 7:00 pm.

Leimonos Monasterywww.greeka.com

Selection of the Petrified Forest of Lesvoswww.tripadvisor.com

Costs per day for exclusive rental of 50-seat bus from Samiotis Tours= 300€ + 9% VAT = 327€ + 100€ (includes VAT) for English-speaking guide = 427€

Cost per passenger according to number of passengers

  • 50 = 9€
  • 40 = 11€
  • 30 = 14€
  • 20 = 21€
  • 15 = 28€
3. Mytilene-Pergamon: Travel by boat the coastal town of Ayvalik, Turkey and then head for Pergamon whose ruins successively reveal the passing of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations. Following the visit to Pergamon (e.g.Asklepeion, amphitheatre, museum), the conferees will take their lunch at a serf-service restaurant in the vicinity and then return to Ayvalik where they can do local shopping before returning to Mytilene. Departure on Saturday, 9:00 am and return 8:30 pm.

Town of Ayvalik, Turkeywww.oliveoiltimes.com

Ancient Greek theatre at Pergamonwww.panoramio.com

Costs per passenger for (a) boat trip from Mytilene port to Ayvalik port (b) exclusive rental of the bus to Pergamon archeological grounds and (c) lunch in local self-service restaurant = 55€ (includes VAT). Note: Price based on current market conditions and the participation of at least 21 conferees. If more than 21 choose this destination lower prices are negotiable.

A NOTE FOR Post-Conference TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES. Those  conferees who  would like to take the opportunity for a post-conference vacation  in other Greek islands or coastal towns of Turkey may communicate either with Adriana Tours (www.lesvosholidays.com, manosmyt@otenet.gr, +302 2510 48124) or Samiotis Tours (www.samiotistours.gr, samiotistours@hotmail.com, +302 2510 41807) for more specific information concerning boat and flight connections.

Sources for historical documentationIslanders of North Aegean, Roots of Greeks, Pegasus, 2009 [In Greek]; Northeast Aegean, Discovery Greece: Our Islands, Special Edition for the Newspaper“Ta Nea”, 2009 [In Greek]; Enterprising Guide of Lesvos Prefecture-Products and Producers of Lesvos Prefecture, The Lesvos Chamber of Commerce [In Greek and English]:


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